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House District 84

2021
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Democrat

Joe Towns Jr

Family and Personal:
Rep. Towns is a businessman and entrepreneur. He is also co-founder of C.U.T.E.C Anti Crime Organization.

Memberships:
He is a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Men of Progress, 100 Black Men, and the Gardenview Home Owner Association.

Councils and Boards:
He is Assistant Democratic Leader.

615.741.2189

rep.joe.towns@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Joe Towns: (D) Member, Commerce Committee, Transportation Committee, Transportation Subcommittee. He voted with TLRC on eight bills, and against us on twelve with four no-votes. His vote score is 49%. Towns co-sponsored one of the TLRC favored bills:

SB0115/HB0116 – Garrett/Haile – Human/sex traffickers often transport groups of victims in trucks. Under this law commercial driver’s license (CDL) will be denied for life for those convicted of human/sex trafficking (passed).

Towns usually votes with his fellow party members against strong constitutional bills and supporting those that are neutral or more profligate with tax-payer money and expansive of government. He does not seem to fully understand the principles of freedom embodied in our constitution. His constitutional score is a four out of ten. Of the fourteen bills he sponsored, one of them passed into law:

HB1497 Fireworks – As enacted, makes various changes to the process for certification as an outdoor fireworks display operator, proximate pyrotechnic display operator, or flame effect display operator.

We look forward to back-to-normal conditions at the capitol and hope to find more common ground in the 2022 session.

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Vote Result: Committee Only

Gives LEAs the option of administering TCAP assessments on paper.

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Sports participation to be determined by biological sex/gender.

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Creates new banks of items (questions) for assessments in order to allow current tests items to be revealed after administration.

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Dealing with foreign influence in higher education

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Allows direct agreements between patients and healthcare providers

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Military experience qualifies to obtain occupation license and adds appeal process.

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Strengthens law concerning the promulgating of new rules by government agencies.

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Audit results permitted to be released pre-conclusion.

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Discipline help for teachers.

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Limits authority of wildlife resource officers to search/seize on private property, land, buildings, or vehicles.

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